And the Award for Most Expressive Conducting Goes To ...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 03:10 PM

Pieter Jan Leusink conducting the Mozart Requiem Pieter Jan Leusink conducting the Mozart Requiem (Youtube)

Pieter Jan Leusink loves his job. Seriously, the level of enthusiasm this man emits in the workplace is infectious. And for that reason we are highlighting him this month in a new series we call Expressive Conducting.

The Dutch choral conductor, who leads the ensembles Vocal Group CALL and The Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands, is especially known for his interpretations of Baroque music, which include a complete recording of Bach’s cantatas. Watching him conduct is witnessing someone who is completely immersed in their musical mission.

You can see him in his element below as he conducts the Laudamus Te from Vivaldi’s Gloria, performed by soprano Olga Zinovieva, countertenor Sytse Buwalda and the Bach Orchestra. 

Leusink is also a lover of period instruments, which makes listening to his recordings an experience as much of a realization of the composer’s original vision. His celebrated performance of the St. Matthew Passion did just that, as well as this Mozart Requiem:

When someone is this invested in sharing the gift music, it’s hard not to feel their passion. And for that dedication, we send a huge thank you. Keep it up, Pieter.

Are there any conductors you would like to nominate for future Most Expressive Conducting recognition?

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Comments [4]

Alan Kanen from Queens, NY

I second for Bernstein. I also nominate Toscanini for his wild swooping arm movements during rehearsals with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. I also second Creatore who would conduct one player at a time.

Feb. 12 2017 02:46 PM
Barry Owen Furrer from The Golden Age of Bands

Although no archival footage exists and newspaper accounts must be relied on, the Italian bandmaster Giuseppe Creatore was reported to make young ladies in the audience swoon at the sight of his conducting gestures.

Feb. 10 2017 09:18 AM
Rick Murphy from Mississippi

Like Ellen Lienhard's comment, if the award can be posthumous, can any conductor top Carlos Kleiber?

Feb. 09 2017 01:11 PM
Ellen L Lienhard from West Chester, PA

If the award can be posthumous, Leonard Bernstein would be my choice.

Feb. 09 2017 11:54 AM

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